CHARENTE (16) Average house price: €110,000
Just 50,000 people live in Charente’s capital of Angoulême which gives you some idea of the tranquillity that you can enjoy here. The River Charente runs through the department, past riverside villages, cognac vineyards and unspoilt landscapes.
CORRÈZE (19) Average house price: €95,000
Partially covered by the Millevaches Regional Nature Park, Corrèze has spectacular scenery. Limousin cattle are famous all over the world so beef and veal dishes are hugely popular, as is fresh, seasonal produce. There’s even an annual festival in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne to celebrate the first strawberries of the year.
Cows outnumber people in Creuse so it’s a great place to live if you don’t want many neighbours. With lots of lakes (Lac de Vassivière is one of France’s largest with a specific zone for watersports) and walking routes through its rolling green hills, Creuse is the place for lovers of the great outdoors.
DEUX-SÈVRES (79) Average house price: €109,000
Deux-Sèvres has lots of historic towns including the fortified Parthenay, and is also home to the Marais Poitevin, an area crisscrossed by a network of canals and known as France’s ‘Green Venice’. This could be the ideal place to find a waterside property.
DORDOGNE (24) Average house price: €118,000
With warm, sunny summers, mild winters and peaceful countryside dotted with beautiful villages and quaint towns, it’s no surprise that Dordogne is still a firm favourite with the Brits. What might be surprising is just how cheap the property is.
HAUTE-VIENNE (87) Average house price: €117,500
A rolling landscape of forests, lakes, rivers and castles, Haute-Vienne has been compared to the British countryside in the mid-20th century. It’s also famous for apples (around 80 varieties are grown in the department) and it’s where the cherry dessert clafoutis originates.
LOT-ET-GARONNE (47) Average house price: €125,000
With an interesting past, Lot-et-Garonne is dotted with bastide villages and over 300 pigeonniers, with lots of fortified towns and castles to explore. The abundance of lakes means fishing is a popular pastime while the cycle paths along the river are an ideal way to see the department on two wheels.
VIENNE (86) Average house price: €125,000
An active farming area, Vienne is a place of rolling green hills and golden sunflower fields that enjoys mild summers and winters. A rural idyll, there is also plenty of Romanesque architecture to appreciate, particularly in the capital of Poitiers, while the quaint streets in Montmorillon are lined with bookshops and artist studios.
Lowest average house prices in France: €64,300
Dordogne is as popular as ever, yet prices are still within reach
A leisurely stroll in Corrèze